DP Yarimca Port railway connection opening ceremony, 30 On July 2019 was held at the port site.
Presidential Investment Office and World Investment Agencies Union President Arda Ermut, TCDD General Manager Ali İhsan Uygun, TCDD Transportation General Manager Erol Arıkan Governor Hüseyin Aksoy, Metropolitan Mayor Assoc. Dr. Tahir Büyükakın, DP World Yarımca CEO Kris Adams, public and private sector representatives and citizens participated.
"Turkey has a natural position in the logistics base point"
Transportation Speaking at the ceremony and Infrastructure Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan, borders, surrounded by more seafood than 70 percent three continents passageway located in Turkey, the Strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean, the Suez Canal, the Arabian Peninsula and the Indian Ocean, the Black Sea to the Turkish straits -Mediterranean connection with the Eurasian transportation network extending to the Far East and in the middle of it and said, "Turkey is the natural base position in the logistics point. For this reason, we started a full mobilization of transportation, ”he said.
“We paved the way for liberalization policies”
Turhan emphasized that transportation is the main wheel of both social welfare and economic structures in the modern world and said:
“We make transportation infrastructures on a world scale. I want to know that we care as much as the work itself, to bring all of these together, to integrate them. If this is done in this way, the value generated increases exponentially, and the commercial cycle in transport infrastructures reaches a maximum level. ”
Turhan explained that all of these would not be realized only by the public sector and thus paved the way for liberalization policies.
“We wanted our private sector to put their hands under the stone and add strength to our strength. This is exactly what we witnessed here today. DP World has succeeded in connecting the giant Yarimca Harbor to the main railway line with a 1 kilometer railroad built by its own means. This service is also a first in our country in terms of our private sector. This modern ports, so that has gained the opportunity to provide services to every corner of Turkey's railway. This includes the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway line, which we attach great importance to as a government. Yarimca Port provided direct connection from China to London through this line. ”
“We have handled railways with a new understanding”
Minister Turhan stated that industrial developed countries have modern transportation infrastructure and that railways constitute the most efficient way of transportation from the coasts to the inner parts.
Minister Turhan, the implementation of the liberalization of the sector, the implementation of high-speed train and high-speed train network, the completion of the renewal process of the existing lines, making the lines of electrical and signaling of the entire center, the expansion of logistics centers, the development of domestic and national railway industry, he said.
“We aim to increase the transportation share of TCDD Tasimacilik AS and private train operators from 5 percent to 10 percent”
Stating that they have invested 133 billion pounds in railways in this context, Turhan said, “Thus, after 1950, the average 18 kilometer railway is built annually, and since 2003, we have achieved the success of 135 kilometer railway annually. In this way, in 2023, we aim to increase the share of TCDD Taşımacılık AŞ and private railway train operators in total terrestrial transport from 5 to 10 percent. ”
Yüzde We will make 77 percent of all our lines signaled ”
Minister Turhan stated that they have completed the remaining connections with Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Line and Marmaray, which are the two most important components of the railway line that will connect China to Europe, and thus make the country's strategic position much stronger.
Expressing that they have built high speed train lines at 200 kilometers / hour, where high-speed train lines and freight and passenger transport can be carried out together, Turhan, Bursa-Bilecik, Sivas-Erzincan, Konya-Karaman-Ulukışla-Yenice-Mersin-Adana, Adana-Osmaniye- Gaziantep, including a total of 1786 kilometers of high-speed train line and 429 kilometers of conventional railway construction work is continuing.
Turhan pointed out that they have accelerated the works of making the electrical and signaling of the important axes where the freight and train traffic is dense, in addition to the railway construction:
“In 2003, we increased our signaled line length from 2 thousand 505 kilometers to 132 thousand 5 kilometers by increasing 809 percent. Until 2023, we aim to signal all of our important axes and 77 of all our lines. Again, we increased our electric line length, which is 2 thousand 82 kilometers, to 166 thousand 5 kilometers by increasing 530 percent. We aim to electrify all of our major axles and 2023 percent of all of our lines by 77. ”
"We have completed the Turkey Logistics Master Plan, we have set our road map"
Transportation corridors make the logistics base of Turkey, which is in the center and industrialists Turhan pointed out that they gave weight to the logistics center construction to improve by moving the competitiveness of the railway load, Turkey had completed the Logistics Master Plan and the road was reported that determines the map.
Turhan stated that they planned 21 logistics center which will serve as a connection point for combined transportation, that they have actually put 9 into operation, that they have completed the construction of both, and that 10 has continued planning and construction works.
Minister Turhan stated that they have provided 11 million square meters and 4,8 million tons of transportation capacity to the logistics sector with the total 13,2 logistics center that has been opened and completed so far. stock space, container stock and handling area. Thus, our country will realize the claim to be the logistics base of the region to a large extent. Kul
“We will provide more connections to 7 port”
Pointing out that the construction of connecting lines is also important in order to provide railway connection to the centers with load potential, Turhan continued as follows:
“We currently have 433 junction lines with a total length of 281 kilometers. In the coming period, we planned to construct a total of 38 kilometers of junction lines for 36 OIZs, private industrial zones, ports and free zones and 294 production facilities. We also make rail connections to the ports in order to move the cargo faster and more economically. Currently, there are 10 kilometers of railway connections, including 4 ports and 85 piers. We will provide connection to 7 more ports such as Filyos and Çandarlı. I believe that in this case, the amount of cargo handled in our ports will increase from 460 million tons to billion tons. This figure was only 2003 million tons in 149. The purpose is to open the way for our industrialists, to lighten their burden and to ensure easy access to the market. ”
Turhan said that they stepped in with their own resources and that it was of great importance in terms of being an example for the line they opened today.
Turhan emphasized that Yarımca Port has added value to its value with this service and that the meeting of the port with the railroad also reveals a wide and great vision.
“The port is connected to China by rail in Europe. "
Presidential Investment Office of the President Anil Ermut "Our goal is to every corner of our country to ensure that all our investors operating in Turkey and the world of transportation. We have always given priority to multi-faceted projects and will continue to do so after that ”.
Metropolitan Mayor Assoc. Dr. Tahir Büyükakın said in his speech; “These junction lines are very important for our city, the junction lines should be increased and logistics should be combined with the village.”
DP World Yarimca CEO Kris Adams stated that the railway is also connected to China via the Kars-Tbilisi-Baku line via the Silk Road, and added, “Thus, our port will have the feature of a door opening to European countries through the Middle Corridor. Which plays a critical role in connecting our port of Turkey's strategic position on the Chinese market to Europe I am sure will contribute. " said.
Governor Hüseyin Aksoy said, “Our 34 port in our İzmit Bay handles 73 million tons of cargo. 18 of foreign trade is realized through Kocaeli customs. This investment will contribute greatly.